How much does it cost to get fat injections?

Are fat injections (is that the same as fat grafting?) super expensive? I've heard from several people that the price of fat injections is almost prohibitively expensive but I find that really hard to believe. I'm sure there are areas that cost more than others but I'm also sure that there would be a range of prices--some more and less expensive than others? Is that the case?


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The procedures are essentially the same, except how surgeons refer to the fat transfer procedure can differ. Cosmetic procedures like fat grafting/injections are done under local anesthesia, usually in the surgeon's office or another surgical facility. Using thin needles called cannulas, fat is first taken from a donor site such as the outer thigh. Once the fat is removed, it is purified and injected into its new location. The percentage of how much fat adapts to its new location varies, meaning one procedure could do the job or you may need more in order to get the results you are looking for.


As with many cosmetic procedures, the cost of fat removal and transfer varies depending on a number of factors, primarily where you live and the experience level of your surgeon. And remember, this procedure is more expensive than injectable fillers.

You can check Zwivel's directory for a list of experienced cosmetic doctors in your area. You should consult with a few of them to determine the best course of action and to get a feel for the total cost of the procedure. You'll also want to ask about the recovery period and how long before you can return to your normal activities.

First things first -- fat grafting, fat transfer, and fat injections are all the same thing. In plastic surgery it simply refers to the collection of fat from one area of the body and the transfer of it to another area of the body.

Most board-certified plastic surgeons remove fat via liposuction. The excess fat is harvested, cleaned, and prepared to be grafted into the desired area. In essence, the fat is injected as a "graft." After the fat cells are grafted into the new area they wait for a new blood supply to develop and sustain them.  Usually the procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Afterwards, you will have some pain, swelling, and bruising in the surrounding areas where the fat was harvested and injected.

However, not all of the injected fat survives and its fairly difficult to predict which portions will and will not.. Sometimes you may need another procedure to get the best results.

The average cost of this type of cosmetic surgery varies by a few factors, such as the area of the body you’re looking to enhance and the skill level/experience of your plastic surgeon. Other factors that plays into the cost is your geographic location (city, state) and the possibility that you may need to repeat the procedure.

The cost of fat grafting will vary based on your location and where on your body you want the fat grafted to.  Fat grafting to the face, which is limited in how much fat would be grafted and can often be done with local anesthesia, generally ranges from $1,500 to $5,000.  Fat grafting to larger areas, such as the buttocks, requires general anesthesia and more time so it will cost more than that - generally between $10,000 to $15,000.  You should expect that half of the fat that is injected will be absorbed, so it may require more than one treatment.  However, the fat that remains does not go away.